During the year in which Odebrecht is celebrating 30 years of operations in Ecuador, two projects concluded at the end of 2016 have been changing the country's economic reality, with a guaranteed water supply and safe fossil fuel transport.
Last December, the Infrastructure and Industrial Engineering divisions at Odebrecht concluded the construction work for the La Esperanza Aqueduct and Pascuales Cuenca Multiple Use Pipeline. The first, originally built to serve Pacífico Refinery when it is ready, has already supplied 3 million m³ of water to three cities in the province of Manabí, where the water supply system was impacted by a strong earthquake in April 2016. The second is responsible for transporting fossil fuels through seven provinces in the country – fuel that was moved by tank trucks before the system began operating.
La Esperanza and Pascuales Cuenca have also helped strengthen the local job market. The two projects together generated over 4,000 direct job opportunities during the course of the construction work. Ninety-eight percent were filled by Ecuadorians, the majority residents of the projects' zones of influence. “The conclusion of the aqueduct and multiple use pipeline demonstrates our capacity and commitment to Ecuador's future," highlighted Mauro Hueb, Odebrecht's Regional Director in the country.
It is in Manabí, at the La Esperanza Dam, that the waterway begins. It is there that the La Esperanza Aqueduct collects millions of liters daily through a pump station and transports it along a 94-km pipeline with a 48-inch diameter until El Aromo, where the Pacífico Refinery will be built.
Until the refinery is ready, 100% of the pumped water already has a destination: it is delivered to the cities of Manta, Montecristi and Jaramijó. “The Province of Manabí has historically faced serious water scarcity problems, worsened over recent months by the earthquake, which marked 7.8 on the Richter Scale," revealed Mario Costa, responsible for the Contract during the construction phase. "Within this context, it is extremely positive that the aqueduct guarantees supply to 330,000 inhabitants from the three cities," said Costa.
Costa explained that, when the refinery is operating, the supply will be partitioned: the refinery will use some 4,000 m³ of water per hour, while 2,000 m³ will continue to be directed toward the three municipalities.
Pipelines have also benefitted Ecuadorians as part of another project delivered in December. The Pascuales Cuenca Multiple Use Pipeline allows for the sustainable, economic and safe transport of fuels through seven provinces in the country.
The system consists of two pipeline stretches extending approximately 215 km, together with seven pump stations and two terminals. The first stretch, which has been operating since May 2016, is 103 km long and begins at the Pascuales pump station, passing through the El Chorrillo Station and ending at the La Troncal Terminal.
The second stretch has been active since December and extends 112 km. It passes along the La Delicia, Ducur and Charcay pump stations until its course ends at the Cuenca city storage and shipment terminal.
Until March, the system had already shipped approximately 5 million barrels of gasoline, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas to the La Troncal and Cuenca terminals. "Our team overcame enormous technical and logistics challenges," recalled Laerte Silva Lima, responsible for the Contract. “It built two storage terminals and five pump stations, crossed the mountain range at a height of 3,660 meters and ended the project within the contractual deadline," added Lima.